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The Long And Winding Road
10 August 2012
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Ben Ramon
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If there's a problem I have with The Long And Winding Road it's that it just seems to meander aimlessly; there's no real hook or chorus. Maybe Paul intended it that way to fit the title and theme but it doesn't work too well, there's not as much succinct but inherently catchy melody as work as in, say, Yesterday.

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15 November 2012
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bikelock28
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I've never really liked tLaWR- I always thought it was a sub-Let It Be, and the imagery was boring and cliched.

 

However, I was listening to the Naked version yesterday and I suddenly thought, "Hey, this is really good!". Paul's vocal is great especially the way his voice goes all low and a bit cracked on "Crying for the day" and both "A long long time ago,"s.

 

Lyrically, I love, "The wild and windy night/ That the rain washed away/ Has left a pool of tears/ Crying for the day," I think its powerful (You could argue it was a predecessor to the mountains and deserts and tears in the rain from Mull of Kintyre). I think the lyrics are quite Lennon-ish- "Don't leave me waiting here,"/ "Why leave me standing here?" particuarlarly (which is a bit bizarre really as John had no input in the song's lyrics. I guess John's influence rubbed off on Paul).

 

The only part I don't really like is the Billy Preston solo- I find it very basic and not right for the sadness song, it just sounds like a ringtone.

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15 November 2012
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annab93
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Ben Ramon said
If there's a problem I have with The Long And Winding Road it's that it just seems to meander aimlessly; there's no real hook or chorus. Maybe Paul intended it that way to fit the title and theme but it doesn't work too well, there's not as much succinct but inherently catchy melody as work as in, say, Yesterday.

I feel like I couldn't have put it better. I mean it's a gorgeous song and I know that I could never produce something that lovely, but I agree that it doesn't have the structure that other songs do. 

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15 November 2012
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FlyOn13
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I personally find the Naked version to be the best there is. Paul's singing is better, it's not so overproduced that it gives you a headache...it's just piano and a light orchestra, nothing major, which makes it sound so much prettier!! Or, at least that's what I find...

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26 November 2012
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Linde
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I've always liked this song.

 

I like the orchestra, it suits it and gives it more emotion, but I really dislike the choir. That's a bit too much imo.

6 December 2012
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Lucy in the Sky with Stars
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I can't stand the song. I turn it off whenever it comes on the radio. The song in general makes me sad listening to it. Just reminds me of the end as The Beatles as a whole.

Sorry, if that sounds corny.

6 December 2012
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Funny Paper
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Did you guys know that Paul offered the song to Tom Jones in 1968?

 

According to this site:

 

Paul McCartney offered this song to Tom Jones in 1968 on the condition it be his next single. However, Tom Jones already had "Without Love (There is Nothing)" set for release so he turned down the offer, something he would later regret.

Speaking with Media Wales in 2012, Jones explained: "I saw him (McCartney) in a club called Scotts Of St James on Jermyn Street in London. I said to him When are you going to write me a song then Paul? He said, aye I will then. Then not long after he sent a song around to my house, which was 'The Long And Winding Road,' but the condition was that I could do it but it had to be my next single."

I think Joe should add this interesting and weird fact to his info on the song.

 

Apparently, Tom Jones eventually covered the song.  Here's a YouTube:

 

 

From the looks of Tom, it must be perhaps the 1980s.

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6 December 2012
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ahdn_paul_06 God, who says no to a Lennon/McCartney song????? a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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6 December 2012
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fabfouremily
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Silly man. Surely that would've been a guaranteed hit with the Lennon/McCartney name on it??

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6 December 2012
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DrBeatle
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Wasn't the club called the *Scotch* of St. James?

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6 December 2012
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parlance
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I don't much care for the original, though I like the NYC version posted here. And the Ray Charles version. I read Paul had RC in mind when he wrote the song, but I can't find the source of that info.

 

parlance

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7 December 2012
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Linde
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Wow, didn't even know that! That's funny to know.

Now I'm quite curious as to how Tom Jones would've recorded it.

8 December 2012
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Linde said
Wow, didn't even know that! That's funny to know.

Now I'm quite curious as to how Tom Jones would've recorded it.

Linde,

 

Just click on the YouTube I posted in my comment above.  Though it was performed live at a club, it's a good indication of how Tom Jones would have recorded it: rather like a schmaltzy lounge lizard.  (Tom Jones has done some good soul/funk songs, but when it comes to other genres, he's not so good.)

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